Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pasitos de Luz / Casa Connor Vist

Isa Mundo Foundation was able to visit Pasitos de Luz this week, our first visit in the facility since 2013. Pasitos de Luz remains as an inspiration - a daycare facility providing children with severe disabilities with a caring and loving environment.  The visit reminded us of the importance of our work and why we continue to support local projects in Mexico and we appreciated the time we spent with the children and the amazing staff and volunteers keeping the facility operational.
After leaving the the day care centre, we joined a group of supporters and traveled to Casa Connor, the newly constructed facility that will be the new home of Pasitos de Luz.  Seeing the transformation since our last visit was overwhelming as we have witnessed Casa Connor develop from an idea, breaking ground, slowly take shape and become one of the most iconic structures in the region. Peter and Teena Oudman and their team, along with their family, friends and supporters have successfully fulfilled a vision that a facility can be constructed that would support children with disabilities along with their families, and provide the proper care needed to improve their situations.

It was an honor to visit new Pasitos de Luz and its staff -and we look forward in continuing to support them in the future. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Volcanes School Site Visit

Isa  Mundo completed its last project site visit of 2016 with Volcanes school and had the opportunity to observe and listen to success stories of many students attending the school. The most promising part of the day was hearing stories of former students progressing past high school and into universities with students attending medical school, engineering and business. These stories are reasons why we support various initiatives at Volcanes and other IMECs as it provide students opportunities to continue beyond high school and become successful. The hope is that they return to Volcanes and contribute to their community in the future. Volcanes is without challenges - it continues to face funding gaps at different times of the year, and there are various on-going projects in need of completion. But both Art and Mayra Fumerton are determined to ensure Volcanes and its students receive the education they need and deserve.

We also visited the Volcanes Sewing School and saw first hand some of the hand made products being produced in this school. The women who have received training in sewing and design are now part of the economic make-up of the community and are contributing to the sustainability of the Volcanes School Projects.

We were also fortunate to have been joined by Ed and Jo-Ann Grainger for the site visit. The Graingers have become strong supporters of Isa Mundo the past two years and have donated not just their time and money but also their passion and energy to work with the Foundation. We admire all their support and efforts in Mexico in improving the lives of less fortunate children and families. They are an inspiration to us and others working in the PV area. Gracias!